Artificial UV tanning comes with the same benefits and risks as outdoor tanning. Both are enjoyable and can improve how you feel about your appearance, but proper care must be taken. Our tanning
beds meet FDA requirements and are rated for maximum exposure time. In addition, our technicians are trained to identify the most effective way to achieve your desired result.
The sun emits two types of ultraviolet (UV) light rays, which are called UVA and UVB. Indoor tanning equipment uses powerful lamps to reproduce this UV light with a mix of UVA and UVB rays.
UVA are mainly browning rays that turn your skin's melanin from pink to brown. This is your body's natural protection from the sun. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin than UVB, are less harmful and take a few hours to produce their full results.
UVB rays stimulate your skin's melanocyte cells, which in turn bring more melanin to the surface. These rays penetrate the skin less deeply, add a natural sheen to your skin and take slightly less time to show their full effect.
The short answer is: yes, skin type matters a great deal!
The long answer: Tanning salons use the "Fitzpatrick scale" to classify skin types into six different categories. This helps tanning technicians determine the best treatment plan for your skin. The scale is based on the skin's reaction to the first ten to 45 minutes of sun exposure after the winter season.
Skin types I and II burn easily and tan minimally if at all. Skin type III burns moderately and tans gradually. Skin type IV tans well and skin types V and VI rarely or never burn and tan very easily.
For first-time customers, our tanning technicians perform a free test to identify your skin type and determine the best course of action for your desired tan.
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Sun Catchers Tanning Spa
166 Milk St
Westborough, Ma 01581
Hours of operation:
Monday: 9am - 4pm
Tuesday: 9am - 7pm
Wednesday: 9am - 7pm
Thursday: 9am - 7pm
Friday: 9am - 7pm
Saturday 9am - 4pm
Hours subject to change!
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